Over the weekend Governor Brown declared a state of emergency regarding the Hepatitis A outbreaks in California. Currently there have been reports of Hepatitis A in San Diego, Santa Cruz and Los Angeles Counties.
We have not received any reports of Hepatitis A in Santa Clara County, however we are working to educate staff, guest and the homeless community about this recent outbreak. Our HF Outreach team is distributing this flyer at encampments throughout San Jose and also partnering with VHHP and SCC Public Health Department to identify high risk areas for targeted Outreach. Please feel free to post the flyer at your site and share with guests.
Weekly Update as of October 6, 2017
A large Hepatitis A outbreak is ongoing in California. The majority of patients in this outbreak report experiencing homelessness and/or using illicit drugs, particularly in the setting of limited sanitation. The outbreak is being spread person-to-person and through contact with a fecal contaminated environment. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that person-to-person transmission through close contact is the primary way people get hepatitis A in the United States. For more information about preventing Hepatitis A, visit the CDC website or visit the Hepatitis A disease page.
What else can I do to protect myself from Hepatitis A?
There are steps you can take anytime to protect yourself, including thoroughly washing your hands with soap and water before you eat and after using the bathroom. If you are concerned about your risk or you have other reasons to be vaccinated for Hepatitis A, you should talk with your health care provider.
Remember to wash hands well and often to help prevent the spread of germs!